The Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development spoke about fire support in Vernon on Friday – Vernon News

More fire support for the area

Vernon residents’ support for wildfire crews on Kin Park property made a strong impression on the provincial Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development .

West Kootenay MP Katrine Conroy traveled to Vernon during the White Rock Lake wildfire last year which destroyed thousands of acres of land and many homes.

Each evening, dozens of people lined Old Kamloops Road as well as the gates of the Kin property waving, cheering and holding signs for tired teams.

Conroy was back in Vernon on Friday as part of a rural tour with Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu, where she praised Vernon residents and their outpouring of support.

“One of the things I want to say is thank people for their incredible support for everyone who worked at the fire station this summer,” she said Friday.

Following several massive fires, the province is taking action to prevent such fires from occurring.

Conroy said firefighters are typically hired at the start of fire season, but the province is now working toward a “12 month a year work situation” for BC Wildfire Services.

“So now we will have the opportunity to mitigate the effects not during the fire season, but after the season,” she said. “In areas like this [Vernon], this work can be done and we will have firefighters who will do this work. Who better to do that than people who actually fight fires, they understand what mitigation measures are needed. »

Conroy also said the province has $9 million for “communities like Vernon to do the fire safety work that needs to be done around communities to build those breaks, so you can stop that fire from getting into your community”.

Conroy cited Logan Lake as a prime example, noting that last summer’s wildfire burned to the edge of town but caused no damage due to previous mitigation efforts.

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